Reader question: I am a resident in France but I went back to the UK earlier in January to visit my family. I am now planning to return to France and I was wondering if I can get a rapid antigen Covid test instead of a PCR test?
All travellers entering France from the UK must now have a valid reason for doing so - being a resident in France is one - and must present a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to travel companies.
It must be a PCR test and not a rapid antigen test.
They also must sign a declaration of honour form certifying that they have no Covid-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case in the 14 days prior to the journey (one form for travellers aged 11 and over, one for travellers under 11).
They must also carry out a voluntary seven-day self-isolation upon arrival in France.
If it is impossible to get a PCR test in the country you are in, travellers can ask the French embassy or consulate for a document called a “dispense de test PCR”, which will allow them to travel without having taken a PCR test in advance.
They will then have to get a rapid antigen test upon arrival in France, quarantine for seven days in an establishment designated by French authorities and then take a PCR test at the end of this seven-day period.